Farmers and activists from Karnataka on Tuesday protested against the Supreme Court’s order to release the Cauvery river’s water to Tamil Nadu. According to reports, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah asked for a meeting between the legislative of the state and the Members of Parliament in Bengaluru to discuss the issue. Meanwhile, buses travelling between Karnataka-Tamil Nadu were stopped and damaged in Tamil Nadu. the Karnataka government has stopped 700 buses operating between Bengaluru to Mysore and Tamil Nadu to Kerela for safety purposes. In Tamil Nadu, buses and other vehicles, moving towards Karnataka have also been stopped at Hosur.
Meanwhile, Mandya in southern Karnataka was also facing a complete shutdown. Mandya lies in what can be called the heart of Cauvery. The shutdown was carried out by the farmers who were protesting against the Supreme Court of India’ s directions to release water to neighbouring Tamil Nadu. Schools and colleges were also closed during the day. The Supreme Court of India, on Monday, asked the state of Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water every day to the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu for 10 days.
earlier the state of Tamil Nadu had appealed before the Supreme Court after Karnataka released a much lesser quantity of water than decided in 2007 by a tribunal appointed by the court. The tribunal had been formed to settle the long-standing dispute between the two states regarding the rights on Cauvery. Karnataka has said that it lacks the quantity of water the court has demanded to state that their reservoirs have been facing a deficit of water in the catchment area due to the lack of rainfall. It had earlier offered to provide 10,000 cusecs of water every day. However, Tamil Nadu is in dire need of water and said that its farmers won’t be able to sow any crops if water is not released immediately.